Fortnightly Favourites #9: Holiday Gift Ideas

As a Speech Pathologist, I get a lot of boxes of chocolates and fudge and sweets when it comes to the end of the year. I am so appreciative of the amazing families I work with, but it does make me a little sad to have to give most of these beautiful presents away to save myself the gut-ache. Since I started my low FODMAP journey I’ve also been told I’m a lot harder to buy for, because it takes almost all food-related gifts off the table, as well as most cookbooks or things along those lines. I felt like a number of us may be in a similar situation, so I’ve put together my top 5 gift ideas this year, to give to someone you love who may have IBS (or not!), loves food, or is looking to start their own food journey.

  1. Sustainable Lunch Boxes, like these from Mr & Mrs Jones – one of my goals for 2019 is to reduce waste and make better choices for the environment, which means I’ve put some more sustainable and long-lasting lunch boxes on my wish list. These are also super easy to hand wash, and as I don’t have a dishwasher, that’s a big tick from me.
  2. Fun Cutlery, like this set from The Wholesome Store – I’ve been eyeing off this cutlery set for a while, imagining the cool photos I can take with them in the new year. Plus, how much more fun would it make meal times to eat with cutlery that looks like twigs?! Or is that just a thought only I have?
  3. Vinyl Rolls, like these from Kmart – if you read my post on tips for taking better food photos, you’ll know I use these all the time because my kitchen bench tops are less than appealing to look at. These are also fantastically cheap, so would make a good stocking stuffer!
  4. Silicone Baking Pans, like this one from Kmart – another fantastic environmentally-friendly option and also cheap! I have started using a silicone baking pan this year, as well as silicone baking cups when needed, and it has saved a lot of baking paper or muffin liners, meaning a lot less waste. I’ve also never needed to grease mine, so it can mean your baking is slightly healthier too!
  5. FODMAP Friendly by Georgia McDermott, found on her site – one of the best gifts I have ever received on my low FODMAP journey. It’s full of amazing and delicious recipes!

Wishing you all a very safe and Merry Christmas! See you in 2019!

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